Brewery News

  • Trans-Pacific-Pale-1.0 Blue Bee Brewery - 2016 has begun and at Blue Bee we continue to produce a range of brand new beers, starting with a couple of single hopped IPAs. First up is Rakau IPA 5.0% using New Zealand Rakau hops which impart passion fruit, pine needle and tropical fruit flavours. Secondly is Columbus IPA 5.0%, Columbus is a hop […]
  • TMB16Z Imperial label V1 War Pigs Steel City Brewing - A quiet autumn and winter at Steel City, mainly due to Dave spending a big chunk of it in America (he may even get round to writing an article for Beer Matters…) and the far east. Available now in bottles is War Pigs, an imperial-strength version of Craven’d Ale oat milk stout. First collaborations of […]
  • AcornLogo gold and white Acorn Brewery -   Things have been quite hectic down in Wombwell over a very busy Festive period and there’s been little let up in the early part of 2016. January saw the return of our ever popular Winter Pale Ale a 4.5% pale golden ale with citrus and grapefruit aroma with a good bitterness.  This was complemented […]
  • mem in black Abbeydale Brewery - Happy New Year! Well 2016 came around rather quickly, and hopefully you have been participating in #Tryanuary rather than Dry January, but regardless, February will give you plenty more opportunities to try new beers! More on those later… We would like to welcome our newest member of our sales team, Janie Hamilton, to Abbeydale and […]
  • Pitch-Black-Porter-Web-Image Exit 33 - A new Sheffield beer is born. Being the CAMRA brewery liaison officer for Exit 33 Brewing I jumped at the chance when I was asked to help brew a brand new beer with them. I’ve home brewed before but never on a commercial scale. For those of you who don’t know Exit 33 Brewing started […]
  • Hop Jacker Score Hopjacker - It’s been a busy few months for us at Hopjacker, as well as perfecting our four core beers, we’ve started a run of specials. A 4.6% brown ale with fresh ginger, dubbed Snake Oil and a 6% black IPA with Sorachi Ace hops, brewed in honour of Lemmy from Motörhead and available in both cask […]
  • Five Rivers FINAL CMYK Sheffield Brewery Company - Steel yourself… something’s brewing at the Sheffield Brewery Company! This has been our catch-phrase from the start: it was ten  years ago this February, when Pete, Tim and Eddy, the founders of The Sheffield Brewery Company, met in the Gardeners Rest and hatched a plan to set up a micro-brewery in part of the historic Albyn Works in […]
  • DSC_0679 Thornbridge: KMF Pale Ale aids the Cumbrian Flood Relief - In November we became one of the sponsors of Kendal Mountain Festival, a world class event that ‘sets the standard as an innovative, inclusive and creative celebration of everything outdoors’. We wanted to work with the festival as we felt they shared many of our values, striving for quality and fun whilst being inspired by the outdoors environment […]
  • Sinead and Ian with bottle of I Love You Will U Marry Me Thornbridge: Love in a Beer Bottle - When we launched our strawberry beer I Love You Will U Marry Me in 2015 there was always the possibility that someone might seize the opportunity and use the beer to really make that proposal. So we were delighted when Sinead O’Connor contacted us to say that her fiancé Ian Batterbee had done just that by […]
  • Abbey Ale Welbeck Abbey Brewery - Firstly the team at Welbeck would like to wish all our supporters a very Happy New Year. We couldn’t continue if it wasn’t for those who do therefore we wish you all a prosperous and happy 2016. It’s already shaping up to be a busy one here at the brewery and there are plenty of […]

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Below is a guide to beer events in or near Sheffield that we are aware of over the next month or two. Whilst we believe the information is correct at time of going to press, we advise checking direct with the venue/organisers before making any special journeys.Latest listings of CAMRA organised beer festivals can be found at www.camra.org.uk and a guide to commercial festivals and pub events can be found online at www.aletalk.co.uk.


Fri 12 – Sun 14 Feb

60 cask beers, ciders and perries in the John Godber Centre just off Hucknall Market Place, 10 minutes walk from the tram stop and rail station. www.johngodbercentre.co.uk

CAMRA’s National Winter Ales Festival

Wed 17 – Sat 20 Feb

The National Winter Ales Festival is back in Derby for 2016, again at Derby College’s Roundhouse campus.

It’s a beautiful and magnificent series of truly iconic buildings that have a world-renowned status in railway history. The Roundhouse is the World’s Oldest Roundhouse built in 1839, following £48 million renovation, it has been returned to its former glory with original features restored and complemented by dazzling new artworks. This stunning Grade II* listed building opened its doors in late 2009 and has already played host to a wide range of prestigious corporate events. It was originally developed in 1839 by four rival rail companies, including North Midland Railway (NMR) for whom George Stephenson and his son Robert were engineers.

‘The Roundhouse’, being circular, will have stillage all around it, serving real ale, cider, perry, continental beer and mead. There is a corridor leading to another stillaged area known as ‘The Carriage Shop Theatre’ which will include the Champion Winter Beer of Britain beers to be judged in the 4 style categories. A range of fantastic live bands will be entertaining us in an additional marquee.

The venue is right next to Derby railway station (use the Pride Park exit at the rear rather than the main concourse exit), fast trains run from Sheffield up to 4 times an hour with a journey time of about 35 minutes.

The festival is open 4pm to 11pm on the Wednesday and 11am to 11pm Thursday to Saturday. More info: www.nwaf.org.uk.

Bradford CAMRA

Thu 25 – Sat 27 Feb

Held at the Victoria Hall in Saltaire, a 2 minute walk from Saltaire rail station with 130+ real ales and ciders. www.bradfordcamra.org.uk.

Leicester CAMRA

Wed 9 – Sat 12 Mar

An ongoing favourite known for showcasing new beers along with the legendary curry stall. The venue is the Charotar Patidar Samaj. www.leicester.camra.org.uk.


Wed 16 – Sat 19 Mar

SIBA is back at Ice Sheffield for their 2016 conference and festival of beer, the latter being a public event. It is back to being a 4 day event with a rotating range of beers that have won SIBA awards, entertainment and street food. The festival is open from 6pm Wednesday and Thursday, 2pm Friday and midday Saturday. Entry tickets are £8 (£6 concessions – Forces/CAMRA/Student) in advance, more on the door. www.beerx.org.



  • DEV CAT BW EXT Pub of the Month November 2015 - The Devonshire Cat has been a well known Sheffield ale house for as long as I’ve been drinking in Sheffield, however in January last year it was taken over by Abbeydale Brewery and had a new lease of life breathed into it.  Its 12 handpumps always include Moonshine, Deception, Absolution, Dev Cat Bitter  and Dev Cat […]
  • Cider Pub of the Year - The 2016 CAMRA Cider Pub of the Year competition has now opened for nominations. Anyone in Sheffield can nominate Sheffield pubs that promote real cider and sell a good quality range, the deadline to nominate pubs is 30th November and this can be done online by logging on to www.camra.org.uk/cider-poty-nominations.
  • Shakespeares POTM sep 2015 Shakespeare’s, Gibralter Street - Shakespeare’s on Gibralter Street were presented with their Pub of the Month Winners’ certificate on the 8th September by Sheffield CAMRA Vice Chairman and beer festival organiser Louise Singleton. The presentation night was made into ‘a bit of a do’ with a huge choice of great beers, buffet and entertainment.
  • Cremorne POTMJUL15 by JB Photo gallery - We recently presented Pub of the Month to the Cremorne on London Road and District Pub of the Year to the Anglers Rest at Millers Dale.
  • IMG_0960 Pub of the Year 2015 - At the recent branch AGM, the winners of our Pub and Club of the Year competitions were announced by outgoing branch Chairman Alan Gibbons.
  • IMG_6056 National Club of the Year - CAMRA recently announced the winner of their National Club of the Year Competition as Wortley Men's Club, which beat off competition from over 28,000 clubs nationwide.
  • Exposed Awards - Exposed Magazine presented their Sheffield awards on the 12th March and a number of real ale outlets won awards. ‘Best Traditional Pub’ went to the Fat Cat, ‘Best New Bar’ went to the Beer House Micropub, ‘Best New Restaurant’ went to Anchorage. Best local Brewery was awarded to Kelham Island Brewery.
  • Steel City Beer Awards - Several teams of judges blind tasted all the beers in the festival by category on the opening night. The category winners were then judged against one another to produce an overall winner.
  • OffLicenceNewsAwards Best beer off in the North! - The country’s best beer retailers were honoured at the inaugural Celebrate British beer Awards held at the House of Commons last night.
  • POTS WINTER14-15 MINERS ARMS HUNDALL Pub of the Season Winter 2014/15 - Our Dronfield & District sub branch have voted the Miners Arms at Hundall as the winner of their Winter Pub of the Season award.

Shop News

  • Hop Hideout - Abbeydale’s award winning specialist beer shop Hop Hideout launched their Tasting Room in August, enabling customers to sit in the intimate space and enjoy the wide range of bottled beers and ciders on offer from across the globe. The Tasting Room will be open from noon to close, Tuesday to Sunday and in addition to […]
  • mitchells-virtual-tour Focus on…. Mitchell’s Wines - Dennis Mitchell opened his butchers shop at Meadowhead in 1935 to service the new build residential area of Meadowhead and Norton. In 1963 the shop was enlarged to create an off-licence section or beer off as they were then known.
  • IMG_20150410_105919 Hop Hideout expands - After 16 months trading within Vintedge on Abbeydale Road, the award winning Hop Hideout has moved location to an independent neighbouring shop at 448 Abbeydale Road; nestled alongside the original unit in the Antiques Quarter.
  • OffLicenceNewsAwards Best beer off in the North! - The country’s best beer retailers were honoured at the inaugural Celebrate British beer Awards held at the House of Commons last night.
  • DSCF1873 The Beer Stop @ Dronfield - In addition to a number of very good pubs, a new craft beer off licence has opened in Dronfield in December
  • beer-central sds proper logo Beer Central celebrates first anniversary - “The bells were ringing in Beer Central last month as they celebrated their first birthday on the 25th November.
  • HopHideout Hop Hideout celebrates first birthday - Sheffield based specialist beer shop, Hop Hideout, is celebrating its first anniversary after opening its doors in November last year.
  • DSC_0494 Beer Central - Beer Central have just celebrated their first six months of trading down in the Moor Market and continue to sell an excellent range of bottles, cans, mini-kegs and gift boxes.
  • img_2604 New Sheffield beer shops - StarmoreBoss (above) is a new boutique and bespoke off-license retailing specialist quality wine, craft beer and intriguing spirits.

Pub News

  • uREXI9Jn Closed Shop, Commonside - On Wednesday 17th February from 8pm the Closed Shop on Commonside will be celebrating it’s 3rd Birthday under the stewardship of Reet Ale Pubs. Join Andy, Christie and the team for a fun night of celebration that is bound to include cake, hats, games  and much more fun and birthday surprises. The pub serves 8 […]
  • 12087182_1044268098939758_5032949129450475041_o Devonshire Cat - After a whirlwind December as the new General manager at the Devonshire Cat I am keen to make this the place to be for all things beer related throughout 2016. Having already added 70 new Items to our bottle and can selection (among others we now offer 9 different Gluten free beers). I would like […]
  • SoSWG1 Dove & Rainbow - The Dove and Rainbow has a new geeky games night on a Monday, with a range of old skool consuls to play on, and Guitar Hero live on stage! And every other Tuesday there’s Nat’s Open Mic / Jam night. You’ll find regular live music, courtesy mainly of the local Riffids Bands, most Fridays from […]
  • 21294517 The Railway, Bramall Lane - The Railway pub has been taken on by my family, with myself instated as the licensee. This is our first establishment, but we have been in the industry for over 50 years. Our main business is supplying equipment to the licensed trade, i.e. pool tables, jukeboxes, quiz machines etc. so as you can imagine running our […]
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Altitude(GPS) : N/A Hillsborough Hotel - The Hillsborough Hotel will be holding an alternative Burns Society Scottish beer festival from 4th to 7th February, featuring up to 18 beers from a range of Scottish breweries. Alternative Burns grew out of a group of ex-pat scots who wanted to celebrate the great poet in a slightly alternative way, and have used the […]
  • 12091395_10153840269353738_8569217261666106210_o Pioneer Club - The Pioneer Club in Coal Aston is under the new management of Anthony Hutchinson, who also runs the Royal Oak and Cross Daggers pubs in Coal Aston village. The club is in the more suburban part of Coal Aston, a short distance from Dronfield station set back near the shops on Stonelow Road. Bus 44 will drop you on the main road
  • FullSizeRender Portland House - Welbeck Abbey Brewery's new micropub is now open at 286 Ecclesall Road in the unit previously occupied by a Cooplands sandwich shop.
  • White Hart, St Philips Road - Paddy Moloney, the landlord of the White Hart on St Philips Road (S3 7JS), has announced that real ale is now available there. The initial beer range is from Bradfield and Stancill breweries although Paddy is open to customer suggestions for which beers they may enjoy. The White Hart is just a few minutes walk […]
  • P1030240 Mount Pleasant - Landlord Stuart Burrows and daughter Anwen were presented with our October Pub of the Month award, as voted for by our members. Stuart has run this unspoilt traditional local for 23 years now and takes great pride in the quality of his beer!
  • Wisewood Inn - Back in September the sale of the Wisewood Inn on the Loxley Road was completed to a group of local business men, who have spent several weeks renovating the whole building. I have been brought in along with my team to help get the pub of the ground, reopening on the 14th October. The new look Wisewood is […]

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Inn Brief

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    The Sportsman, Norton, has had a short closure for minor refurbishment.

    The Abbey at Woodseats reopened after a short closure but is due a major refurbishment of five weeks and £3oo,ooo.


Campaign News

  • Vote for your favourite beers! - It’s last calls for CAMRA members to vote for their favourite beers from Yorkshire and the East Midlands to be entered into the Champion Beer of Britain competition. The voting deadline is Sunday 1st November and the vote is conducted online at www.cbobvoting.org.uk, you will need to log in with your membership number and password […]
  • IMG_4666 2 Heritage Open Day pub walk - The September 2015 Heritage Open Days included a short walking tour around some central Sheffield pubs of architectural merit. We started at Fagans and went to the Grapes via a short stop outside the Dog and Partridge. After a refreshment break, we passed Bloo88, The Beehive, The Red Deer and The Bath Hotel before completing […]
  • RED PUBS MATTER.JPG Pub Preservation Pieces – with Dave Pickersgill - Sheffield and District CAMRA have piloted a national CAMRA scheme which encourages branches to nominate pubs in their area as Assets of Community Value (ACV). We nominated eleven pubs, ten in Sheffield and one in the Derbyshire Dales. Derbyshire Dales have approved our application to list The Red Lion (Litton) as an ACV.
  • GBG 2016 COVER Good Beer Guide 2016 - The new edition of the national CAMRA Good Beer Guide book is due to be published this month and is the perfect buy - or Christmas gift for - the person that travels around the UK and wants to know where is recommended for good beer. It features the best pubs in each area, as selected by local CAMRA branches.
  • List Your Local Logo Final (1) Sheffield ACV update - Sheffield and District CAMRA has piloted a national CAMRA scheme which encourages branches to nominate pubs in their area as Assets of Community Value (ACV). The scheme is now open to all CAMRA branches.
  • WhatPub What does the committee pubs officer do? - Sheffield CAMRA's new Pubs Officers, Paul Crofts and Mark Boardley on the challenge of keeping track of Sheffield & District pubs.
  • Brief report from the National CAMRA Members Weekend & AGM - A few of us from Sheffield & District branch spent the weekend in Nottingham for the national CAMRA Members Weekend
  • So what actually is this real ale you talk of and what is CAMRA about? - Real Ale, also known as cask conditioned beer (although is also available from bottles or key-kegs as well as casks!), is traditionally the British way of doing the best, freshest craft beer.
  • New committee, new start - The new Chairman is Andrew Cullen, editor of Beer Matters, and we also welcome some new committee members in the shape of Branch Secretary Sadie Skipworth who has recently moved to Sheffield from Norwich, Beer Festival Organiser Louise Singleton and Pubs Officer Mark Boardley.
  • Science, history and brewing at Kelham Island Industrial Museum - As it was both National Science Week and Sheffield Beer Week, it was appropriate to have a beer-themed Science event at the venue of the Sheffield CAMRA Beer Festival.

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Other News

  • Worksop & Retford Brewery story continues - Local Sheffield CAMRA members, Dave Pickersgill and John Stocks gave an illustrated talk, 'The Worksop and Retford Brewery,' at The Station Hotel, Worksop on Thursday 26th March.
  • beer-master-standing-cropped Win a year’s worth of beer with our “Beer Master’s Tache” competition - This year’s Great British Beer Festival will be hosted by the BEER MASTER, who has used all of his extensive knowledge to select more than 900 of the best beers, ciders and perries from Britain and overseas.
  • DSC_0494 Beer Central - Beer Central have just celebrated their first six months of trading down in the Moor Market and continue to sell an excellent range of bottles, cans, mini-kegs and gift boxes.